Wild Mushrooms In Paris

IMGP1835.JPGThis is the time of year for fresh wild mushrooms in Paris.  The  marchés have mounds of fresh mushrooms for sale.  The best ones are girolles (what Americans call chantrelles) and cepes — big, meaty mushrooms the size of baseballs.  As Paris gets back to its rhythm, going to the marches may itself be an act of defiance but moreover, a necessary way to enjoy life as the French do so well — and buy a half kilo of cepes. Read More »

Beaujolais Festival In Paris

IMGP2287.jpgOn November 19, Parisians and the world celebrate the arrival of 2015′s Beaujolais by uncorking the season’s fresh and juicy crop. Restaurants, cafes, bars and brasseries all share in the celebration.  All the more reason to pop some fruity wine, given the recent horrible events — it is, in essence, an act of la resistance and a reaffirmation of France’s DNA — to celebrate life, enjoy good food and spirits of cheerful wine.

Some of our favorite places to join in the celebration include Willie’s Wine Bar, Gallopin, Le Select, Au Pied de Cochon and La Chaumette. Read More »

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Salon du Chocolate — Paris

logo_sdcFrom October 28 to November  1, this premier chocolate festival at Port de Versailles should not be missed by anyone who loves chocolate.   Celebrating its 21st year, all of the prestigious chocolatiers will be at this event, and a kids workshop and exhibition is held everyday from 11 am-7 pm. Special events include from the finest chocolatiers in Paris and the world.  Activities include a chocolate bookshop, workshops for children (for ages 3-12),  free pasty workshops, and a health show from some of the world’s best chocolatiers. More information can be found here.     Read More »

Paris in the Fall

IMGP1997.JPGA new rhythm begins in Paris with la rentree, when Parisians return from their vacances, and shops re-open all spruced up after a month off.  Yes, France remains a stalwart in the European economy despite the 25 or so days of vacation that Parisians take in a year, with a good chunk of it in August.  The rush of la rentree means waiting in long lines (but be wary of people who coyly cut in front), like a hurricane is about to hit the middle of France along the Seine. Read More »

Open Air Cinema — Paris Parc de la Villete

original__0a9b-arnaud-terrier-mairie-de-paris-cine-plein-air-villetteThis annual event takes place in Parc de la Villette where moviegoers can enjoy the big screen while sitting under the stars.  From July 23 to August 23, movies run Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at nightfall.  Celebrating its 25th year, it is featuring some top notch films including Stanley Kubrik’s the Shining (August 22), Martin Scorsese’s Sutter Island (August 15) and other international and French filmmakers as well (bien sur!). The absolute best thing about this is that it is FREE, so grab your blankets, a bottle of wine, some snacks, and make your way to the park for a warm night at the cinema! Read More »